BCA records show that both Pearson and Seraphine involved in Sundberg’s murder were also part of the SWAT team on the day Amir Locke was killed
The death of Andrew Tekle Sundberg, fatally shot by SWAT team members Aaron Pearson and Zachary Seraphine on July 14, was the second encounter involving Minneapolis police. The first was the shooting of Amir Locke, which took place on February 2 this year when a SWAT team executing an early-morning warrant shot dead the 22-year-old. Now, reports suggest that Pearson, one of the two snipers in the Sundberg assassination, also called Locke’s killing a “good job.”
According to CBS, Pearson, an eight-year veteran of the force, used a key to enter the apartment where Locke was hiding under a blanket on the couch when he tried to reach for a gun when officer Mark Hanneman Locke was inside 10 seconds shot. captured on Pearson’s body cam. While Seraphine provided medical care to Locke at the crime scene. No officer has been charged in Locke’s death. Minnesota prosecutors said Hanneman’s use of deadly force was warranted.
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The murder of Amir Locke and Andrew Tekle Sundberg
Body camera footage showed Locke sleeping on a couch while holding a gun when the team entered unannounced. When he appeared awake, officers said Locke pointed the gun at the officers and was shot by Hanneman. The shooting sparked widespread protests as Locke’s family questioned the police report of what had happened. However, after a review that ended April 6, Attorney General Keith Ellison and Hennepin District Attorney Michael Freeman said Hanneman will not be charged because he had the right to fire his gun.
In the case of Sundberg, where officers took action at 9:30 p.m. on July 14 after shots were reportedly fired at an apartment building on the 900 block of 21st Avenue South. Upon arriving at the scene, they met gunfire, later evacuating people in the building and requesting a SWAT team. Then, at around 4:30 a.m. on July 15, two snipers fired at Sundberg, fatally wounding him. He later died at Hennepin Healthcare.
After the murder, Sundberg’s family and their attorneys called for the release of video footage of what led to the shooting, saying he suffered from mental health issues.
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The city of Minneapolis released an incident report on the evening of July 15 that listed Sundberg as “Subject #1” in the case. The data release also revealed the names of the officers who fired their guns. Bureau of Criminal Apprehension records also show that both Pearson and Seraphine were part of the SWAT team at the Bolero Flats apartment building in downtown Minneapolis on the day Amir Locke was killed.